DR Congo elected to top U.N. rights body, despite widespread human rights violations

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) should not have been elected to the UN Human Rights Council today, as it fails to meet the basic membership criteria. See full UN Watch report on candidates here. Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Human Rights Record DRC commits serious human rights violations, …

Angola elected to top U.N. rights body, despite gross violations and massive corruption

Angola should not have been elected to the UN Human Rights Council today, as it fails to meet the basic membership criteria. See full UN Watch report on candidates here. Angola’s Human Rights Record Angola commits serious human rights violations, including: Torture Cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment …

Islamic & African Nations Boycott Meeting With First U.N. Expert on Anti-Gay Violence

Prof. Vitit Muntarbhorn (above) is the UN’s newly appointed Independent Expert on violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). GENEVA, Jan. 25, 2017 –  Islamic and African nations, where violence and discrimination against the LGBTI community are most prevalent, …

This Council must bring to an end the abuses of the Government of Burundi

Statement by UN Watch Item 10 General Debate UNHRC 32nd Session, 30 June 2016 Delivered by Mr. David Lando Thank you, Mr. President. UN Watch strongly condemns the Government of Burundi for its gross and systematic violations of human rights. The President of the Burundi Senate, speaking last November about how …

Countries rush to praise Sudan during flawed human rights review

GENEVA, May 4, 2016 — As expected, Sudan’s universal periodic review (UPR) was by and large a wasted opportunity. The UPR is a process by which the UN Human Rights Council scrutinizes the human rights record of each UN member state every four years. Although some countries took the floor to condemn …

Report on Sudan’s Submission Ahead of UN Human Rights Review

Report on Sudan’s Submission to UN Human Rights Review UN Watch May 3, 2016 This report by UN Watch analyzes Sudan’s submission to the UN about its human rights record ahead of its appearance on May 4, 2016, before the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, a …